Again, for those of you who are lamenting how terrible elections were for the Church, consider:
~2000 B.C. Abraham is a stranger in Cannan where his closest "allies" are Sodom and Gamorrah.
~1650-1450 B.C. Israel is enslaved in Egypt.
1450-1000 B.C. Every two generations or so, Israel morally and theologically collapses into vice and pagan worship and is repeatedly conquered.
900-586 B.C. Horrid political division, a majority of wicked kings, prophets are killed.
586-538 B.C. Exile.
~330 B.C. Conquered by Alexander and consigned to Greek interferences.
170s B.C. Go read Maccabees.
63 BC - Conquered by Rome
~30 AD - Jesus put to death.
30-100 AD - Church attacked and scattered. Turned to torches in Rome.
100-300 AD - Intermittent persecution all the time.
300-400 AD - Christianity is legalized... and heretics constantly hound the faithful, even with the writing of the Nicene Creed.
410-450 AD - Barbarians sack and then destroy Rome, gutting civil order and the population of the West for hundreds of years.
500-1000 AD - Constant fights against pagans -- collapse of Asia Christian communities.
600+ AD - Rise of Islam - Christianity in Palestine, North Africa, and eventually Asia Minor is almost wiped out. The cradle of Christianity is gone.
1000-1500 AD - Division of the Church into East and West, Brutal fights with Islam, brutal internal fights.
1500-1650 AD - Reformation and Inter-Christian Warfare all over Europe.
1650+ AD - Increased Missionwork throughout the world, with constant persecution.
1800 + AD - the Decline of Christianity in Europe begins in earnest.
Today - Thousands are killed for the faith in Africa and Asia.
Today in the US - We have freedom of religion, do not get killed. We only get mocked a little on the TV and are surrounded by not-so-moral law. And have been for 200 years.
Historically speaking - relax American Christians, you have nothing to complain about.